CWEA Member Dr. Ramzi Mahmood Receives Excellence in Workforce Development Award

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Congratulations to Dr. Mahmood on receiving the Dr. Kenneth D. Kerri Excellence in Workforce Development Award at this year’s Innovation in Certification conference presented by Water Professionals International. The Kenneth D. Kerri Excellence in Workforce Development Award is presented to an individual or group who has gone beyond the call of duty to advance the water/wastewater operating profession with the aim of educating, encouraging, and recruiting future generations to pursue the water environment profession.

Dr. Mahmood joined the faculty at California State University, Sacramento, as a professor in the Civil Engineering Department in 1994.  In 1997, he became the director of the Office of Water Programs (OWP; OWP is both the largest developer and provider of training materials for water and wastewater treatment plant managers and operators in the United States and the largest self-supported program in the CSU system. In 2003, Dr. Mahmood was elected the Department Chair for Civil Engineering.  He served three consecutive terms, finishing his last term in 2012.

Before joining the University, Dr. Mahmood worked with engineering consulting firms, specializing in soil and groundwater contamination as well as characterization and remediation of hazardous waste sites. He also worked for the State of California Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) where he oversaw the development of technology-based and health-based treatment standards for hazardous wastes.